One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had le The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the m...

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Title:One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
Author:Charles Fishman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501106295
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Reviews

  • Nick Ertz
    Aug 13, 2019
    This is more than a history of the moon landing. It places the feat in context and demonstrates the true value of the mission. Fishman describes Kennedy's motivation for the challenge and how he drove everyone's commitment. Keep members of NASA are also profiled for how the "saved" the...
  • Steve
    Sep 06, 2019
    "The Moon missions are useless only if we don't know how to use them. If we don't understand them and their impact. "That's what we've utterly failed to do." The drive behind this book is not just a history of the build to the moon landings and the Apollo program as a whole, but an a...
  • Marina
    Jul 06, 2019
    This was the perfect book to read (listen to) at the perfect time. Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (and there were A LOT of new publications to choose from) and also the Apollo 11/astronaut themed puzzle room at my library. I really liked how this book was separat...
  • Lorna
    Sep 26, 2019
    Excellent read. Not your typical recounting of all the Apollo missions - the chapters were more like individual vignettes about an aspect of the space program, some which had not been explored in all the reading I've done about it in the last year or two... My favorite quote: That's t...
  • Carrie Kellenberger
    Sep 23, 2019
    Anything you've ever wanted to know about the race to the moon and how America achieved this in a decade can be found right here in One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. Fishman covers every topic you can possibly think of that's related to the space race,...
  • Tyler Critchfield
    Sep 26, 2019
    I really liked this. While it's probably a bit too technical for some, I enjoyed the nitty gritty details of what went into our flight to the moon 50 years ago. It truly is remarkable that our nation was able to do it despite not knowing how at the start of the sixties (and with a comp...
  • Scott Martin
    Jun 19, 2019
    (3.5 Stars) (Audiobook) This book is one of many that has hit the shelves in the days/months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings. This work takes the approaches of trying to debunk or clarify much of the mythology and misconceptions surrounding the Apollo ...
  • Julie
    Jun 14, 2019
    Having so recently read Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, there will be a few comparisons, but overall, these were very different books. SftM was a linear narrative and I was emotionally vested, where OGL was much more technical and political. The first chapter introduces the world ...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Jun 19, 2019
    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing th...
  • Kurt Pankau
    Sep 10, 2019
    Very good, but VERY dry. It's a historical work, not a beach read. Fishman takes Buzz Aldrin's "one giant leap for mankind" moment and places it in the broader context of the Space Race, the Cold War, the Culture Wars, and demonstrates its tremendous impact on the dawning Information A...
  • Andrew
    Jul 17, 2019
    Overall I thought this was a great read. I learned lots of new facts about the program, and really enjoyed learned about many of the essential enabling technologies that aren?t talked about as much (e.g. Draper?s navigation system, Raytheon?s core rope memory and the amazing comp...
  • Mathew Madsen
    Aug 18, 2019
    I went in expecting a play-by-play of the events leading up to and surrounding Neal Armstrong's famous words, but I got so much more. One Giant Leap provides not only a good overview of the moon missions, but a fascinating behind the scenes look at 1960s era NASA as a whole. From inter...
  • Patricia
    Jul 02, 2019
    I loved reading this book! The explanation of the science and will to succeed that led to the moon landings is enhanced by the context of history, before, during and after the Apollo years. I was almost 10 years old at the time of Apollo 11 and I remember staying up late to watch the l...
  • Jason Sands
    Sep 22, 2019
    Untold story I think this does focus on some of the untold aspects of the space race. One of the author?s main claims is that the Apollo program helped build today?s digital society, so he spends a lot of time on the programming and engineering aspects of the program. The Apoll...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Aug 23, 2019
    Fascinating book about the history of the mission that flew us to the moon. The book goes into details about the space race, from Sputnik through the last moon mission, Apollo 17. Since I lived through this entire period, a lot of what is talked about in the book I already knew about, ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Aug 07, 2019
    Excellent history of the Apollo program to land a man on the moon. It covers with a great deal of detail not only the political aspects of the program but many of the technological details of the program. The jokes when I was a kid in the 1970s was that the moonshot gave us spin-offs l...
  • Debbie
    Aug 22, 2019
    Overall, this was a fascinating look into America?s emergence into the space age. I appreciated the holistic approach this book took, by not only providing a thorough overview of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, but also enumerating the many steps it took to get there (starting fro...
  • Joshpherigo
    Jul 19, 2019
    Landing human beings on the surface of the moon is such an unfathomable achievement that even today, 50 years after it happened, the event has an almost science fiction surrealism to it. When we want to convey the sharpest critique of our failings on Earth we invoke our greatest achiev...
  • Elena
    Oct 18, 2019
    Wow, what a story. ...
  • Jane
    Apr 14, 2019
    One Giant Leap is a story of how and why the United States of America beat the Soviet Union to the moon. It tells why by detailing the sociological, economic and political background during the 1950s into the 1960s that made the effort necessary. The Cold War was a dominant factor in c...
  • Josh
    Jul 15, 2019
    One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman is a book that chronicles the Apollo program responsible for the manned lunar landing in the late 1960s. One Giant Leap is a tour de force, covering everything from the social and civil unrest which serv...
  • Dennis Garone
    Jul 09, 2019
    Now that I?ve reached the age when I am in the minority of humanity that actually lived the moon landing I needed an inspiration to truly revive my enjoyment and awe of the accomplishment. The author reminds us of the ultimate goal that was a perfect storm of Cold War, paranoia, s...
  • Robyn Harrison
    Jul 06, 2019
    So many things I either didn't know or had forgotten about this time in history. It certainly left me with a lot to think about... ...
  • Laura Noggle
    Sep 13, 2019
    Amazing book that looks at more than just the moon missions. How the jump in technology affected the everyday lives of Americans was extremely interesting. ????? ...
  • MaurĂ­cio Linhares
    Sep 11, 2019
    A great account of the Apollo missions and how they all came to be. The book starts before Kennedy is elected and the feel the American population and government had after the first Sputnik, how the US space program was behind (and why) and what they had to do to sort it out. There ...
  • Jay Pruitt
    Aug 09, 2019
    "No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying We come in peace for all mankind." --Neil deGrasse Tyson-- Released to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon walk, One Giant Leap tells the story of how a nation is challenged to do the impo...
  • Realms & Robots
    Aug 08, 2019
    One Giant Leap tells the story of the moon landing from a behind-the-scenes perspective, leaving the big picture plot points behind for the nitty gritty details many of us are unaware of. To say the trip to the Moon was a difficult task would be an understatement. The narrative shows t...
  • Nathalie
    Aug 13, 2019
    I really liked the chapters written about technical and behind the scene stuff : for example, Apollo Guidance Computer, the Lunar Module, the rover. However, the first three chapters are more about the social and political environment which led President Kennedy to announce that the US...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 10, 2019
    On July 20, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. And so I read Charles Fishman?s brilliant new book, One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, a meticulously researched history entwined with vivid details that tell a fast-paced story. Fishman ...
  • Everydayreader1
    Jul 30, 2019
    On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, before the decade was out. Charles Fishman tells the remarkable journey of this effort, from beginning to end. Audacious, s...